Houghton White Classic 2015 ($15)
One of Australia’s most famous white wines. It’s a blend but still largely chenin blanc. It’s fruit has such an appealing mouthfeel. Crunchy and vibrant in the mouth with impeccable balance. It’s ideal for current drinking but really comes into its own with five years in the cellar
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 6 years
Houghton Margaret River cabernet sauvignon 2014 ($35)
Impeccable balance and poise in this classy cabernet from this very good vintage. Sweet ripe blackcurrant fruit balanced against the more edgy black olive character. Finely tune oak infusion and silky tannins for support. Very long almost angular feel in the mouth.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 8 years
Houghton Crofters shiraz 2014 ($20)
Another very good wine under this revitalised label. It’s sourced from Frankland River where the quality of shiraz is pretty much always exceptional. A most elegant wine with fine chalky tannins and fine grained oak working through the cherry and typical Frankland blueberry characters. It’s more medium bodied but with stacks of intensity driving through to the finish. Pretty smart for around $20.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 6 years
Houghton Margaret River chardonnay 2016 ($19)
A fruit-driven Margaret River chardonnay with just a faint touch of oak to balance the creamy, lightly stone influenced fruit. It’s persistent with a structured balance. Savoury and lemon notes combine to create a nice palate.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 4 years
Houghton Wisdom cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($35)
This wine is sourced from Margaret River. It is a wonderful expression of the region with its elegance and refinement. Such a perfect combination of fruit and oak. Leafy fruit with a slightly cedary oak character delivered with deliberate understatement. The palate though is chock full of sweet ripe fruit balanced against powdery fine tannins. Superbly sourced and crafted.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 12 years
Houghton Jack Mann 2013 ($100)
This has to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Jack Mann yet made. Such soft and supple sweet fruit with perfectly weighted oak, which is now down to 50 per cent, and fine powdery tannins. Has such a fine precise structure and palate. Distinctive floral leafy aromas which seem to be synonymous with the vineyard. Lovely chalky mouthfeel with those tannins providing beautiful supporting structure. Tremendous power and elegance which will see this wine cellar for 40 years without missing a beat.
SCORE 98/100 CELLAR 30 years